Illinois Bar Journal
Articles From Tom Gaylord

Finding and Using Blawgs to Follow the Law By Tom Gaylord March 2015 Column, Page 50 Blawgs are great sources of breaking news on almost any topic.
More on 50-State Surveys:The Book of the States By Tom Gaylord January 2015 Column, Page 45 The Book of the States is another free online tool for doing comparative state research.
Federal and Illinois Court Dockets: What’s Online? By Tom Gaylord November 2014 Column, Page 552 Though the feds keep docket information in PACER, electronic Illinois docket info is harder to find.
Resources for Illinois Legislative History: The Seven-Year Itch By Tom Gaylord September 2014 Column, Page 450 Revisiting the Illinois General Assembly's website.
Fifty-State Surveys: Can They Be Had for Free? By Tom Gaylord July 2014 Column, Page 352 They can if you have the time.
Tax Resources from the Illinois Department of Revenue By Tom Gaylord May 2014 Column, Page 246 Tax season is over, but the IDOR website is a year-round resource.
Looking for Free Legal Information? Check out the Law Library of Congress By Tom Gaylord March 2014 Column, Page 148 There might be a broken link here or there, but the Law Library of Congress is still a great portal to free legal resources.
More Federal Court Opinions on FDsys By Tom Gaylord January 2014 Column, Page 48 The Federal Digital System (FDsys) now includes an expanded library of federal cases.
Using Twitter to Keep Up with the Law By Tom Gaylord November 2013 Column, Page 590 Twitter is a great way to send and receive breaking legal news.
Fastcase and HeinOnline Team Up By Tom Gaylord September 2013 Column, Page 482 HeinOnline and Fastcase subscribers now have access to each other's data.
What’s New with Fastcase By Tom Gaylord July 2013 Column, Page 368 The new Bad Law Bot flags negative treatment of cases.
Environmental Law Resources for Illinois Attorneys By Tom Gaylord May 2013 Column, Page 260 There's a plenty of free, online primary environmental law.
How Do I Research That? Find a LibGuide By Tom Gaylord March 2013 Column, Page 158 The LibGuide system connects to thousands of free research guides.
Update: Finding Illinois Municipal Ordinances Online (and Free!) By Tom Gaylord January 2013 Column, Page 46 A fresh look at websites that offer free online municipal codes.
A New Tool for Federal Legislative Research By Tom Gaylord November 2012 Column, Page 612 will soon succeed THOMAS as the go-to site for federal legislative research.
Forms and Drafting Resources for Illinois Attorneys By Tom Gaylord September 2012 Column, Page 496 One benefit of practicing in a large jurisdiction - there are lots of forms.
Employment and Labor Law Resources for Illinois Attorneys By Tom Gaylord July 2012 Column, Page 382 Illinois-specific resources for labor and employment lawyers.
Navigating the Seventh Circuit’s Website By Tom Gaylord May 2012 Column, Page 268 What better place to look for court information - everything from opinions to court rules to brief-writing guides - than the court's own website?
Federal Administrative Law, Part 3: Agency Adjudications By Tom Gaylord March 2012 Column, Page 160 Federal agency adjudicatory decisions used to be hard to find, but now most are on the web.
Immigration Law for Illinois Attorneys By Tom Gaylord January 2012 Column, Page 54 Here's where to find basic immigration law information.
Federal Administrative Law Part 3: Agency Decisions and Guidance Documents By Tom Gaylord November 2011 Column, Page 586 Here's how to find these useful resources on the web.
The New, Online-Only Illinois Reports By Tom Gaylord September 2011 Column, Page 477 Now the supreme court publishes the official version of Illinois cases - here's what it means.
Briefer Briefs: Writing and Speaking Tips from the Supreme Court By Tom Gaylord July 2011 Column, Page 368 Interviews with Supreme Court justices about effective advocacy are themselves good models.
Looking for Federal Government Documents? Try FDsys By Tom Gaylord May 2011 Column, Page 264 The U.S. Government Printing Office's FDsys website is a great place to find documents, too.
Federal Administrative Law, Part 2: Online CFR and LSA By Tom Gaylord March 2011 Column, Page 156 You can use the online CFR to find the very latest regs and the LSA to verify their accuracy.
Is the Law You Cite Authenticated? Does It Matter? By Tom Gaylord January 2011 Column, Page 48 Should the government, not vendors, produce "official" versions of the law?
What’s New at By Tom Gaylord November 2010 Column, Page 592 The recently redesigned Illinois state homepage is an improvement over its predecessor.
Need a Case or Statute on the Run? Fastcase has an App for That By Tom Gaylord September 2010 Column, Page 488 Fastcase's free application offers cases to iPhone and iPad owners.
Federal Administrative Law, Part 1: the e-CFR By Tom Gaylord July 2010 Column, Page 378 Free publications, including the daily e-CFR, make federal regulatory research easy.
Federal Legislative History - Free Tools at Your Fingertips By Tom Gaylord May 2010 Column, Page 264 Great (and free) Web-based resources.